Ahoy mateys!

by Anastasia Ashman on January 22, 2015

in Community, Content, Culture, Social & Mobile

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As you probably heard somewhere, we launched the Selfish iPhone app in Canada last week.

Mobile Syrup says it’s “providing a, well.. social element that has been lacking” from other visual story apps.

Now we have lots of fun Canadians coming onboard, including our spokesperson Jack Greystone who’s been on the cover of a Harlequin Romance, as a pirate hipster, if you like that sort of thing.

He just started his Selfish profile and first visual stories

You can join us right at the website — even if you’re not in Canada, no iPhone required.

Take a dunk with us, the water’s fine.

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So thrilled to share this expat lit news!

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Katherine Belliel and Rose Margaret Deniz, (Expat Harem book and blog writers you’ll recognize whom I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with for many years) are now calling for submissions to their new anthology for expat women writers who’ve lived in Turkey.

It’s called Expat Sofra: A Gathering of Foreign Voices Around the Turkish Table.

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As they explain,

“Follow in the footsteps of Tales from the Expat Harem by going deep into personal, introspective experiences that have a love and respect for the local culture and traditions.

“Sofra invites you to a second course by taking a seat at the Turkish table.

“Just as the sofra is the heart of the Turkish hearth, we want stories that are steeped in the experience of being an expat in Turkey. The editors have a combined twenty-five years in Turkey and are editing this compilation of essays to give back to the culture that has nourished their lives abroad.”

If you’ve lived in Turkey for at least a year, or know someone who has, take a look at the call for submissions, open to April 1, 2015.

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“At the heart of every story is a flavor. Expats pack their bags with spices from home to find that incorporating it into meals, and subsequently their life abroad, can require trial and error, a sense of humor, and even failure. Relationships flop. Meals get burnt. Life abroad does not taste the same. But it evolves. Becomes enriched. And can even become decadent.”

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My worlds colliding — no, integrating! — at Estee Solomon Gray‘s Mmindding Symposium on what she calls agile attention management. It’s a movement toward our reality as relational beings, supported by the technologies of today. We can do this. We want to do this. We are doing this. The talks were by academics who study things like proxemics and chronemics. The audience was filled with people who are carving out lives and work in just this post-industrial age reality. We’re returning to our natural rhythms.

Pictured and not pictured, friends and colleagues and acquaintances from GlobalNiche, future of work thinkers, expat entrepreneurs, TEDxBayArea, Wisdom 2.o conference, Exceptional Women in Publishing, Bryn Mawr College alumnae, Women’s Startup Lab.

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Held at Rodan-Fields HQ, pictured: Leslie Forman, Pamela Day, Karen Jaw-Madson, Tanya Monsef Bunger, Maria Judice, Monika Ashman, Shirley Rivera. Also seen at this afternoon of theory and practice of “multi minding”, relational thinking and acting for a qualitative life: journalist Liza Dowd, Kevin Marks, creativity expert Austin Hill Shaw, Bonita Banducci, Minda Aguhob of Peak Foqus, salonista Betsy Burroughs.

 

Note: This free tool is so new it’s not in the app store yet. But I’m giving you a special link to download it on your iPhone, and make this story your whole family can enjoy and participate in.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 8.57.32 AMEvery year you send out a newsletter with holiday greetings, recapping the year’s events, and spreading good wishes for the year ahead.

You craft it (at the last minute, just another thing on the to-do list), you scrounge for the right photos and agonize over the fonts and the formatting and the text, and you send it all the email addresses you can think of. It’s done and gone.

This year, why not give yourself some breathing room and try a living Selfish story to recap 2014‘s most memorable moments in images and text and your hopes for 2015 — and have fun with your friends and family while you do it?

It’s quick and informal. You can start a Selfish story in 1 minute. Pick a cover image, a title, and your first moment wishing everyone a happy holiday. Anything you might decide to add after that is a bonus!

It’s interactive: your friends and family everywhere can comment right in your holiday letter from their desktops, laptops, and mobile phones.

It’s ongoing. You can start now, today, with that first moment, and share the link. Then you can keep adding highlights and chatting with your loved ones in the comments.

Download Selfish, a brand-spanking-new visual story app on your iPhone.  It’s not even in the app store yet, so you’re looking at the public beta before everyone else gets it!

It’s free, as always.

Here’s what you’ll get when you start your holiday letter as a Selfish story:

  • one easy link you can start sharing today
  • one easy link you can send or post everywhere including Facebook, Twitter, email, Pinterest
  • a gorgeous display of images and text all viewable on the web, or in mobile phones
  • if you add more than one image to a moment, it shows on the web as a slideshow!
  • just one simple seasonal greeting moment will work great, or
  • you can add all the moments of your year if you’re a detail person, at any time — hours, days, weeks — after you start your story. The link you share doesn’t change!
  • invites everyone on your mailing list to comment and talk to each other so your holiday letter comes alive

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Get started right now

  • Do a 12-days of Christmas or Hanukah or Kwanza or New Year’s story, or
  • Top 10 fun times in 2014
  • Best image and happenings of each month of the year
  • A moment for each family member — add as many images and captions as you want. Don’t forget Fido. He had a big 2014 too.
  • Or, start capturing real-time just what you’re doing this holiday: running errands, gazing at decorations, digging out ornaments in the attic, preparing special meals, enjoying the store windows, the snow on the ground, the lights, the trees, the presents, the crowds. What the season means to you. You may find you want to share your real-time holiday letter more widely by the end of the month!
  • If you’d like the rest of us to enjoy your holiday letter too, add a hashtag in the text or comments on one of the moments: #holidayletter

Open the app on your iPhone and get started. Happy holidays!

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In an ongoing, collaborative Selfish visual story, here’s what happened this week at Slush, the massive startup conference in Helsinki, which I attended with the founders of Selfish Inc, Rostem Hairedin and Moody Fayed.

Pitching contests, Vegas-worthy light shows, avant garde gentlemen’s grooming, Marimekko prints, exhibits and panels by Finns you’ve heard of, Finnish humor, a sauna in the sky, SuperCell’s blowout after party, human androids and oculus rifts, meetings about user feedback analysis, bean bags, Estonian tech sisters, Facetimes home, spontaneous ice cream picnic with Istanbul Teknokent Turks, a party in a casino with RocketSpace mobile ad regulars Fiksu, Tune and Ad Colony.

View the story “On The Road To Slush” to see the details.

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